Trainer Biographies

Warren Kramer

Warren Kramer

Warren Kramer is an internationally heralded health counselor, educator and cooking instructor. For the past 29 years, Warren has studied and lived a healthy way of life and taught the macrobiotic approach to wellness, including principles of food selection and preparation, exercise, work, relationships. Warren is a faculty member at the Kushi Institute, the Strengthening Health Institute and holds a degree from the New England School of Acupuncture. He believes that strong health begins in the kitchen.

For more information about Warren and consultations, see Macrobiotics of New England.


Will Hall

Will Hall

Will Hall’s work and learning arose from his own experiences of recovery from madness, and today he is a therapist and trainer working world-wide. He is passionate about new visions of mind and what it means to be human, and holds degrees from the Process Work Institute and the Open Dialogue training center IDP, as well as being a WRAP facilitator and NADA auricular acupuncturist. Will has focused especially on trauma, oppression, and working with extreme states of consciousness that get diagnosed as psychosis.

For  info about Will and his work, see Will Hall: Consulting, Counseling, and Training Alternatives and also check out the radio program he hosts, Madness Radio.


Dr Gary Ferguson

Dr. Gary Ferguson currently serves as the Director of Rural CAP. He received his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine at Portland National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2001, and has been working in the Alaska tribal health system ever since. Dr. Ferguson also serves as Vice President of the Aleut Corporation’s board of directors and as Co-Chair of the Aleut Foundation. He grew up in the Shumagin Islands of Southwest Alaska, in Sand Point.

Jill Ramsey

Jill Ramsey has been working in the field of mental health and involved in Alaska’s Peer Support Recovery movement for the last 26 years and has a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Rehabilitation from UMDNJ-Rutgers. She is also a Master Trainer of suicide prevention and a nationally certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor. For the past six years,  she has worked almost exclusively to implement Mental Health First Aid in Alaska, to coordinate trainings and to make this resource accessible to our health care workforce and as many Alaskan communities as possible.


Eliza Eller

Eliza Eller is a founding mother of Ionia and her recipe for wellness includes wholesome foods, close family and peer support, and simple seasonal activities such as gardening, natural building and berry picking. Eliza has practiced a holistic macrobiotic lifestyle for thirty years, and she and her husband Ted have 13 beautiful, talented children, as well as 5 young grandsons. Eliza is author of “Cooking Without Recipes, a Mother’s Journey Toward a Whole, Natural Life”. She teaches cooking, and has been involved in many projects underlining the connection between nature and community.


Jonathan Burgess

Jonathan Burgess is a published natural foods chef, yoga teacher, and 4th-year medical student who is passionate about research into dietary, cognitive-behavioral, and exercise interventions for the prevention and treatment of cardiometabolic diseases and psychiatric disorders. He has been a returning faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health "Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives" Conference. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and is a fourth-year medical student at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and has completed research at Stanford School of Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, JAMA Internal Medicine, and Global Advances of Health and Medicine.

Jessica Porter

Jessica Porter is the author of The MILF Diet and The Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics. She also collaborated with Alicia Silverstone on the New York Times number one bestseller, The Kind Diet. Jessica has been practicing macrobiotics since 1991, managed a Way to Health Program in Massachusetts in the mid-90s, and has worked as a traveling cook. She is also a hypnotherapist and a trained actress and comedienne who makes her lectures funny, inspiring and informative.